Which Variant of 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Petrol Is Most Value For Money?

Which Variant of 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Petrol Is Most Value For Money?

Read on to find out which variant of the new 2020 Honda City 5th gen petrol offers the most value for money. Here we compare the prices of the City 5th gens petrol variants and the features to tell you which variant is the most Value For Money (#VFM). Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and fuel efficiency of the 2020 Honda City 5th Gen with its competitors and other petrol C-segment sedans.

2020 Honda City Petrol Most #VFM Variant

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Honda City 5th Gen Petrol?

The pros or advantages of City 5th Gen petrol 2020 are:

  • Biggest (longest and widest) car in the segment - long enough to be called a D-segment sedan
  • 3 engine transmission combinations to choose from: petrol manual, petrol automatic and diesel manual
  • Most powerful petrol engine with second-best power-to-weight ratio (the 4th gen City is still on sale and it’s number 1)
  • Improved torque delivery - now comes 300rpm sooner than before. It also gets a 6-speed transmission now.
  • Well-equipped base variant should suffice for most sedan buyers as it can compete with the top variants its rivals
  • Good number of standard safety features (ESP, TC, HSA, 4 airbags, ABS)

The Honda City 2020 has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • Most expensive car in the class - starts at well over Rs. 10 lakh (ex-showroom)
  • Worst torque to weight ratio of 125Nm/tonne is on par with the Yaris and Verna 1.5
  • 185-section tyres are too narrow for a car of this size and price. Even the Baleno has wider tyres.
  • Automatic variants cost Rs. 1.3 lakh more and are a little expensive

Read more about the detailed price, dimensions and engine specs comparison of the new Honda City with the old model at the following link:

Read - 2019 Honda City 4th Gen Vs 5th Gen Honda City 2020 - Old Vs New - Whats Different?

Here’s our 2020 Honda City Variant Breakdown video in Hindi if you prefer watching instead of reading:

What Is The Price Of New Honda City 2020?

The new Honda City is available in 3 variants - V, VX and ZX. All three variants get petrol manual, petrol automatic and diesel manual transmission options.

The petrol manual variants cost between Rs. 10.9 lakh and Rs. 13.14 lakh. The petrol automatic costs another Rs. 1.3 lakh. It starts at Rs. 12.2 lakh and goes up to Rs. 14.45 lakh. The diesel engine models of the Honda City 2020 cost Rs. 1.5 lakh more than comparable petrol manual variants.

Also read - 2020 Honda City vs Hyundai Creta - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

NEW HONDA CITY PRICE LIST

EX-SHOWROOM DELHI | JUL 2020

Variant

Petrol-MT

Petrol-CVT

Diesel-MT

V

₹10,89,900

₹12,19,900

₹12,39,900

VX

₹12,25,900

₹13,55,900

₹13,75,900

ZX

₹13,14,900

₹14,44,900

₹14,64,900

Compared to the older Honda City model, the new City petrol prices are Rs. 14,000 to Rs. 44,000 higher.

Is The V Variant Of 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Petrol Worth Buying?

The base V variant of the 5th gen Honda City costs Rs. 10.9 lakh with manual transmission and Rs. 12.2 lakh with the CVT automatic. The notable standard features of the 2020 City are:

  • 2 front and 2 front side airbags
  • ABS
  • Parking sensors
  • Traction control
  • Hill-start assist
  • Electronic stability control
  • Day/night inside mirror
  • Rear defogger
  • Halogen projector headlamps
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3-point seatbelts for all occupants
  • Fog lamps
  • 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • Electrically Adjustable & Foldable ORVMs
  • Height Adjustable Driver Seat
  • Tilt & Telescopic Steering
  • Auto AC w/ Rear AC Vents
  • Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop
  • Front Armrest w/ Storage
  • LED DRLs
  • Rear Armrest
  • Cruise Control
  • R15 Alloy Wheels
  • Telematics (5-year subscription)
  • Paddle Shifters (CVT)
  • Fixed Rear Headrests
  • Fabric Upholstery
  • Remote Functions w/ Alexa Voice Assistant
  • LED Tail Lamps

Also read - New Honda City 2020 vs C-Segment Competition - Price, Specs, Mileage, Dimensions Comparison

HONDA CITY V PETROL | FEATURES

₹10,89,900 (MT) | ₹12,19,900 (AT) | Ex-showroom Delhi

Safety

Entertainment

Side Airbags

Hill Start Assist

Electronic Stability Control

8-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System

Traction Control

Rear Parking Camera

Defogger

Android Auto, Apple CarPlay & Weblink

Halogen Projector Headlamps

Day/Night IRVM

Auto Door Lock & Unlock

AM/FM, Bluetooth, USB, MP3, iPod, iPhone

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (basic)

Front Seatbelt Pretensioners w/ Load Limiter

3-point Seatbelt for Rear Middle Seat

Steering-mounted Audio Controls

ISOFIX

Fog Lamps

Std. Safety Features

4 Speakers


As you can see, this is a very long list of features for a base variant. It clearly doesn’t look like a base variant and has enough to hang with the top variants of its rivals, which cost about the same. This is a great option and worth buying even if you were previously not interested in the Honda City. This is a great value offering too.

Now, let’s see if the higher variants justify their incremental asking price.

HONDA CITY PETROL V | FEATURES

₹10,89,900 (MT) | ₹12,19,900 (AT) | Ex-showroom Delhi

Functional

Style

Electrically Adjustable & Foldable ORVMs

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

Body-coloured ORVMs w/ Turn Indicators

Tilt & Telescopic Steering

Auto AC w/ Rear AC Vents

Body Coloured Bumpers & Door Handles

Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

Front Armrest w/ Storage

LED DRLs

Rear Armrest

Cruise Control

R15 Alloy Wheels

Telematics (5-year subscription)

Front & Rear Door Pockets

Shark Fin Antenna

Paddle Shifters (CVT)

Fixed Rear Headrests

Fabric Upholstery

Follow-me-home Headlamps

2 USB Ports

Chrome Inserts In Cabin

Remote Functions w/ Alexa Voice Assistant

3 Power Sockets

LED Tail Lamps


Is The VX Variant Of 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Petrol Worth Buying?

The VX variant of the new Honda City costs Rs. 12.26 lakh with manual transmission and Rs. 13.76 lakh with the automatic. It’s Rs. 1.36 lakh more expensive than the V variant. For this additional sum, you get the following notable features:

  • 2 Curtain Airbags
  • Auto Headlamps
  • Electric Sunroof
  • 7-inch full-colour instrument console
  • Auto-dimming IRVM
  • 4 Speakers
  • R16 Alloy Wheels
  • Walk-away Auto-Lock
  • Rear Reading Lamps
  • Leather-wrapped steering and gear knob

This variant comes very close to justifying its asking price. Also, most of its features are good-to-have and may have a higher emotional value for some buyers. But, value-wise, this is the worst offering. It’s still worth considering if you want some of these features in your car.

Also Read - 2020 Honda City 5th Gen vs Volkswagen Vento - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

CITY VX PETROL | FEATURES OVER V

₹12,25,900 (MT) | ?₹13,55,900 (AT) - Ex-showroom Delhi

Safety,  Entertainment & Functional

Style

Curtain Airbags

Auto Headlamps

Sunroof

Detailed Digital MID

Auto-dimming IRVM

4 Speakers

R16 Alloy Wheels

Piano Black Surround Around Audio System

Walk-away Lock

Rear Reading Lamps

Leather-wrapped Steering

Leather-wrapped Gear Knob

Is The ZX Variant Of 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Petrol Worth Buying?

The Honda City ZX petrol costs Rs. 13.15 lakh (manual transmission) and Rs. 14.45 lakh (automatic). It’s about Rs. 90,000 more expensive than VX petrol. It gets the following additional features:

  • LED array Headlamps
  • LED cabin lights
  • LED Turn Indicators
  • Lane Watch Camera
  • Remote Open/Close Power Windows & Sunroof
  • LED Fog Lamps
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Rear Windshield Curtain
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Soft-touch Interior Elements

The top variant too mostly adds good-to-have features with high emotional value. This variant also doesn’t quite justify spending the additional sum. Since it has a higher ratio of functional features, this is a better option to consider than the VX variant. From a value perspective, though, the ZX variant is not worth buying.

Also read - 2020 Honda City 5th Gen vs Skoda Rapid - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

CITY ZX PETROL | FEATURES OVER VX

₹13,14,900 (MT) | ?₹14,44,900 (AT) - Ex-showroom Delhi

Safety

Functional

Style

LED Headlamps

LED Cabin Lights

LED Turn Indicators

Lane Watch Camera

Remote Open/Close Power Windows & Sunroof

Glossy Dark Wood Finish on Instrument Panel

LED Fog Lamps

Auto Folding ORVMs

Ambient Lighting

 -

Rear Windshield Curtain

Leather Upholstery

 -  -

Chrome Door Handles

 -  -

Soft-touch Interior Elements

Which Variant Of The 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Petrol Offers The Most Value For Money?

Let’s recap. The V variant of the Honda City is so well equipped that it’ll suffice for most buyers. In fact, it may even meet the needs of buyers who are otherwise considering the higher variants of sedans like older City, Rapid, Vento or Ciaz. The base variant of the new City 2020 is the most value for money variant of the 5th gen Honda City.

The V variant is not worth upgrading from a value perspective. But, this variant is not too expensive either for the additional features and is worth considering. Most of its features are good-to-have and style-oriented. So, we’d recommend that you instead jump to the ZX variant and go all in. The ZX variant also has some functional features, which most buyers will appreciate.

NEW HONDA CITY | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Recommendation

V

Rank 1

Most value for money variant. Top recommended.

VX

Rank 3

Gets mostly style and good-to-have features with high emotional/perceived value. Worth considering.

ZX

Rank 2

An expensive upgrade but it’s also worth considering due to emotional value.


What Are The Engine Specifications Of The 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Petrol?

The 5th gen Honda City has the same 1.5-litre normal petrol engine, which makes 121PS power and 145Nm of torque. This is the most powerful engine but it makes that power at a very high 6600rpm. Enthusiasts will enjoy revving this engine but for everyday driving, it can’t match the bottom end torque output of a turbo petrol engine like that of Verna, Vento and Rapid. However, for a normal petrol engine, it has the best torque output. More importantly, its torque now comes 300rpm sooner, which should further improve the everyday drivability. Its torque to weight ratio is among the worst at about 125Nm/tonne - on par with the Yaris and Verna 1.5 and worse than the Ciaz.

The new City petrol also gets a 6-speed manual transmission now, which can help improve the fuel efficiency on the highways.

The new City petrol has an acceptable mileage of 17.8kmpl with the manual and 18.4kmpl with the automatic. These numbers are 0.4kmpl better than the older 4th gen City.

Also read - 2020 Honda City 5th Gen vs Toyota Yaris - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

NEW CITY vs COMPETITION

PETROL ENGINE SPECS

 

City (New)

City (Old)

Verna

Ciaz

Rapid

Vento

Yaris

Displacement

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.0-litre

1.5-litre

1.0-litre

1.0-litre

1.5-litre

Cylinder

4

4

4

3

4

3

3

4

Engine

Normal

Normal

Normal

Turbo

Hybrid

Turbo

Turbo

Normal

Maximum Power

121PS @ 6600rpm

119PS @ 6600rpm

115PS@

6300rpm

120PS@

6000rpm

105PS@

6000rpm

110PS @ 5000rpm

110PS @ 5000rpm

107PS @ 6000rpm

Peak Torque

145Nm @ 4300rpm

145Nm @ 4600rpm

144Nm @ 4500rpm

172Nm @

1500 - 4000rpm

138Nm @ 4400rpm

175Nm @ 1750 - 4000rpm

175Nm @ 1750 - 4000rpm

140Nm @ 4200rpm

Power:Weight

104.94PS/t

109.07PS/t

99.91PS/t

100.42PS/t

99.06PS/t

96.66PS/t

96.66PS/t

95.96PS/t

Torque:Weight

125.76Nm/t

132.91Nm/t

125.11Nm/t

143.93Nm/t

130.19Nm/t

153.78Nm/t

153.78Nm/t

125.56Nm/t

MT

6-speed

5-speed

6-speed

--

5-speed

6-speed

6-speed

6-speed

Manual FE

17.8kmpl

17.4kmpl

17.4kmpl

--

20.65kmpl

18.97kmpl

17.69kmpl

17.10kmpl

AT 

CVT

CVT

CVT

7DCT

4AT

6AT

6AT

CVT

Automatic FE

18.4kmpl

18kmpl

18.45kmpl

19.2kmpl

20.04kmpl

NA

NA

17.80kmpl

 

NEW CITY vs COMPETITION

DIESEL ENGINE SPECS

 

City (New)

Verna

Displacement

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

Cylinder

4

4

Maximum Power

100PS @ 3600rpm

115PS @ 4000rpm

Peak Torque

200Nm @ 1750rpm

250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

Power:Weight

83.96PS/t

92.37PS/t

Torque:Weight

167.93Nm/t

200.80Nm/t

Manual 

Transmission

6-Speed

6-Speed

Manual

Claimed FE

24.1kmpl

25kmpl

Automatic 

Transmission

--

6-speed TC

Automatic

Claimed FE

--

21.3kmpl


What Are The Dimensions Of The 2020 Honda City 5th Gen?

The new City has acceptable performance and doesn’t impress with its petrol engine. But it has seriously impressive dimensions. It’s the longest and the widest car among its peers. In fact, it’s so long that it qualifies to be a D-segment sedan in our books as its longer than 4500mm. It’s actually longer than some of the older generations of D-segment sedans like Elantra fluidic, older Corolla Altis and Civic.

The 506-litre boot space is almost at the top of the list and its ground clearance is also acceptable at 165mm.

Where it leaves us wanting is with tyre size. It’s seriously under-tyred as even smaller cars like the Baleno get 195-section tyres. Thankfully, this is something that’s easy to upgrade and you can easily swap out 1 or even 2 sizes wider rubber for a better stance and grip.

Also Read - 2020 Honda City 5th Gen vs Hyundai Verna - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

NEW CITY 2020 vs COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Honda City (New)

Honda City (Old)

Hyundai Verna

Maruti Ciaz

Skoda Rapid

Volkswagen Vento

Toyota Yaris

Length

4549mm

4440mm

4440mm

4490mm

4413mm

4390mm

4425mm

Width

1748mm

1695mm

1729mm

1730mm

1699mm

1699mm

1730mm

Height

1489mm

1495mm

1475mm

1485mm

1466mm

1467mm

1495mm

Wheelbase

2600mm

2600mm

2600mm

2650mm

2552mm

2553mm

2550mm

Boot Space

506-lt

510-lt

465-lt

510-lt

460-lt

494-lt

476-lt

Ground Clearance

165*

165 mm

165 mm

170 mm

168 mm

163 mm

175 mm

Fuel Tank

40-lt

40-lt

45-lt

43-lt

55-lt

55-lt

42-lt

Tyre Size (Min)

185/60 R15

175/65 R15

185/65 R15

185/65 R15 

185/60 R15

175/70 R14

185/60 R15

Tyre Size (Max)

185/55 R16

185/55 R16

195/55 R16

195/55 R16

195/55 R16

195/55 R16

185/65 R15

*unofficial

What Are The Colour Options Of The 2020 Honda City 5th Gen?

The 2020 City 5th Gen is available in the following 5 colour options:

  • Red
  • Silver
  • White
  • Grey
  • Brown

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we are classifying cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (exception), Santro, Celerio

       

B Segment

B1

3700-3850mm

Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago, Kwid

B2

3850-3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000-4499mm

Ciaz, New City (exception), Rapid, Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D

4500-4750mm

City, Octavia, XUV500, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

       

D+ Segment

D+

4750+mm

Fortuner, Superb, Endeavour, Camry, Carnival

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lakshya Khanna

Lakshya loves to talk about cars and, therefore, he's mostly in the front of the camera doing the talking. He's usually blunt in his opinion -- good or bad, and backs it up with logic. Lakshya is a senior member of V3Cars editorial team.

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